Travel agent dies after fall at Disney World hotel, lawsuit hears


On his Facebook page, Jessica Straub posted selfies wearing Mickey Mouse ears while posing at Disney World.

Going to Disney was like coming home, she wrote.

According to a new lawsuit, the travel agent’s trip just before Christmas 2020 took a tragic turn.

Straub fell and hit her head on December 18, 2020 at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. She suffered blunt force trauma to the head and died, a lawsuit filed by her estate against Disney said this week.

Straub, 43, died Dec. 22, 2020, according to the District Nine Medical Examiner’s Office who did not perform an autopsy but re-signed her death certificate. His cause of death was ruled an accident due to blunt head trauma from falling from a standing height, the agency said.

His obituary said his death was December 20, 2020, while the lawsuit listed Straub’s death as December 22, 2022. Morgan & Morgan, which filed the suit, did not respond to a comment message to explain discrepancies in dates.

The Reedy Creek Improvement District, which provides emergency medical services on Disney property, did not immediately release records following a Florida Politics request made Wednesday.

Straub, who lived in Bristol, Pennsylvania, worked as a travel agent at Magical Enchanted Vacations, according to his obituary and Facebook page.

“She loved going to Disney World, New Kids on the Block concerts, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Phillies,” her obituary said.

The lawsuit was filed by justin morrison, of Philadelphia, who was on Straub’s list of surviving brothers. In her obituary, Morrison is described as “his dearest friend and cousin”.

Morrison did not return a message for comment on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, Florida Politics reported a pair of wounds at Orlando theme parks which were first disclosed in civil lawsuits.

A boy injured his hand on a metal sign at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and ended up having two fingers amputated, according to the lawsuit filed by his mother. At SeaWorld Orlando, a man fell from his wheelchair onto a rough sidewalk and hit his head. He died less than two weeks later, according to a complaint filed by his surviving wife.

Millions of people visit theme parks and stay in Orlando hotels every year.

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